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St. Marys River on it’s way to being removed from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern


The final restoration project on the U.S. side of the St. Mary’s river is underway this summer.

The St. Mary’s River has been a bi-national area of concern for three decades due to pollution and failing habitats. Continue reading

New cancer center brings treatment close to home 


Traveling over 100 miles to receive cancer treatments is no longer a worry of patients in Chippewa and Mackinac counties, thanks to a new cancer center in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Cancer Care Center is new to the War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Continue reading

Fewer Canadian tourist are visiting U.S. as dollar stays strong

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What a difference a dollar makes. Officials say the decline of the Canadian dollar, is affecting the number of visitors to the United States.

Officials say travel has been declining for two years. They believe it is because of the weak Canadian dollar. Continue reading

Lake Superior State University has lowest net-tuition in Michigan


A new study shows Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie has Michigan’s lowest net-tuition rate for public universities.

The recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education ranked LSSU first among the state’s 15 public universities for net-tuition costs. Continue reading

Parking in downtown Sault Ste. Marie? There’s an app for that

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie will soon be rolling out a new mobile app that allows downtown patrons to pay for parking meters with their smartphone.

Users just download the app (the name will soon be released) and type in a code listed on the decal of the meter. A credit card or bank account can be linked with the app. The rate will be the same as using coins, but for those using credit cards, a fee of $00.35 will be added. Change can still be used on the meters.

Justin Knepper is the Downtown Manager of the Sault Downtown Development Authority. He said the upgrade will help tourists who visit and the employees who work downtown.

“We have over 470 meters in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, close to over 5,000 employees, half a million tourists that come into Sault Ste. Marie each year, and so the meters really help us make sure that our shoppers and our tourists have a place to park.”

Knepper explained how he is hoping this app will make things more convenient for downtown shoppers.

“You park at a meter and not have to worry about rushing back immediately or forgetting about it and getting a ticket, it gives you that option to be right on top of things and make sure you’re taking care of your business in the most efficient way possible. We hope that it will provide a really great convenience factor.”

The app and meters are expected to be upgraded by August.

Chippewa County conference teaches first responders about autism

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAParents, educators, and now emergency responders, have taken part in a conference in Chippewa County to better learn how to interact with people who are on the autism spectrum. The goal was to spread knowledge of autism and autistic behaviors, and to share information on how to effectively interact with people with autism and their families.
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